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Robin Williams made me think of this . . .

I was in New York being filmed for a documentary this last week and was away from my email when I heard the news about Robin Williams’ suicide.

An event like this really makes you think, doesn’t it?

Robin Williams was one of those rare people who felt like family to almost everyone. He entertained us and made us laugh and had a child-like vulnerability that it was easy to trust him and feel close to him.

He was like the good brother or uncle we always enjoyed seeing, and I think that’s why his death hits us a little harder than that of some other well-known person.

I was in New York being filmed (for a documentary called “The Wealth Gap”, about income inequality), when all of this happened.

As I got to know the director, Bobby Sheehan, he asked me if I would be in another film he’s shooting, which happened to be about death and dying.

Bobby is filming two Zen monks who work with those who are dying and their families. His invitation to include my thoughts in that film led to an in-depth conversation about how our society deals with death.

This conversation, especially on the heels of Robin Williams’ death, brings up at least two thoughts I want to share with you.

First, I couldn’t help wondering what would have happened had Robin known about and used Holosync.

Several celebrities who know Robin use Holosync, and I’m probably about two phone calls away from having had the opportunity to talk to him. I wish I had.

I know a bit about depression, on a personal level. It’s a disease where everything appears to be hopeless, regardless of the actual circumstances.

Without any changes in those circumstances, though, things can change for the better in an instant…

…IF there is a change in the brain.

Fortunately, Holosync creates that change. I know, because for most of my life I was depressed. It was Holosync that lifted the veil of depression for me, and I’ve seen it do the same for tens of thousands of other people.

If you know someone who suffers from depression, perhaps you could tell them about Holosync? It just might save their life.

My second thought has a much wider scope, and is about death in general.

It’s sad that in our society we’re so woefully unprepared for the death of someone we love–and even less so for our own death.

If you stop to think about it, death is the one thing we ALL have in common and at some point will all experience.

Few, though, ever talk about death or share their thoughts and fears about it. Death (understandably) makes us uneasy, so we avoid talking about it.

Humans have the unique ability to think about the future. We may be the only animal who can anticipate our own death. When we’re younger we don’t think much about death, but as we get older our impermanence becomes increasingly real to us.

We deal with these thoughts and anticipations, though, almost entirely alone. It’s not good form to talk about them. If we do, people quickly change the subject, or share their favorite platitudes about death. It’s not easy to have a genuinely intimate conversation about death.

Then, when confronted with death–our own, or someone else’s–we’re unprepared. We lack the wisdom to deal with it in a graceful or supportive way.

I have no grand solution for this, but wouldn’t it be better if it were socially acceptable to share and talk about how we feel about our impermanence?

Wouldn’t it be better if we could feel some comradery about the one thing we’ll all inevitably share?

Then perhaps we’d be more prepared to help those who are dying to do so gracefully, and to know that we’ll be lovingly supported when it’s our turn.

The alternative is to wait until death touches us, and then awkwardly deal with it, without skill or preparation–not knowing how to feel, not knowing what to do with our feelings, not knowing how to respond to the feelings of others, not knowing what to say, not knowing how to respond.

Perhaps we can use Robin Williams’ sad passing to do two important things: look at and do something about the terrible problem of depression, and do something about the fact that death is almost always swept under the rug, leaving us unprepared for the culminating event of our lives.

I have to say that these admittedly somber thoughts leave me appreciating all of you even more. I’m so lucky that I somehow found a career where I get to help people. I want to thank you, then, for being a part of my life and my world, and I want you to know how deeply I appreciate you.

Finally, if you feel so moved, here’s another idea for you:

Make alleviating the suffering you see around you a key part of your life’s mission. If we all do that, the world will certainly improve.

Be well.


4 Responses to “Robin Williams made me think of this . . .”

  1. Banba says :

    I agree Bill! We live in a society that is completely in denial about death and unwilling to talk about it and yet it is something we will all experience. When my father was dying (at the age of 95) I had many people say things like: “Well, he’s had a good long life” and other such things that I am certain they meant to be supportive. It didn’t matter that he was my dad and I was watching him fade away. The “logic” did nothing to calm the little kid in me who was about to become an orphan. The kindest people were those with experience beyond my own, They were the doctor and palliative nurses. One of them asked me if I had told my dad it was okay to go and we would all be fine. When she said that I realized he was indeed waiting to know that we would all be okay after he passed. I will be forever grateful that she said what many others would/could not.

    What is truly sad in our society is the stigma surrounding people who are struggling with difficult situations. Depression, anxiety, and those sorts of difficulties ought to be safely shared with our mates, family and friends. Everyone has those moments where things are not all coming up roses. It is very sad that most of us think these feelings and experiences are unique to us. Drugs do not save people from these dis-eases. They merely cover up the symptoms. Better that we are able to express our discomforts and fears with those closest to us without the negative labeling being imposed. Then we could all learn that we are not alone and that compassion is a great gift.

  2. Fran Friel says :

    Thank you, Bill. Beautifully said.

    I didn’t know Robin, but I still miss him very much.

  3. Georgiana Monckton says :

    Hi Bill, I could not have said it better myself. I had a daughter who died and was buried on her second birthday. Everybody ignored me including most of my family because they did not know what to say. There were no books on child bereavement so I wrote my own called Dear Isobel. It’s been re released on kindle so I hope it helps people.
    I have been doing Holosync for nearly 6 weeks now and I am hooked. Thank you Bill

  4. Valmai Francis says :

    Hi Bill, l started holosync some 14 years ago, and when l started on level 4 l stopped. It has been some 6 years since then and l was wondering if l just pick up from where l left off?